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Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Reston for a Lifetime


January 14, 2016
Reston Association

January 14, 2016

Neighbors Helping Neighbors


Purpose of Todays Forum To highlight ways to fill

the aging-in-place gaps


Neighbors Helping Neighbors (N2N) model & Reston
Fairfax County 50+ Action Plan
Demonstration of N2N & NextDoor.com
Useful Services Exchange (U.S.E.)
N2N Challenge & Community Response

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Background - Aging-in-Place
Reston founded as a multi-generational community

over 50 years ago


Move to Reston for the kids and stay for the parents.
That it be possible for anyone to remain in a single
neighborhood throughout his life, uprooting being
neither inevitable nor always desirable. Bob Simons vision
An estimated 11.6% of Restons population is 65 years+
An additional 6.2% of Restons population is 60 to 64

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Background - Aging-in-Place
Reston Forum in 2009 convened by Supervisor Hudgins

examined aging-in-place concerns


Over 300 people attended, followed by groups to explore
village models, needed services, local resources
Consensus clear at that time - no interest in a paid model
to support older adults
General agreement on helping one another to fill service
gaps, but no formal way for doing so
Meanwhile, Reston for a Lifetime/R4L (volunteer led)
created as a means to share ideas and information on
aging-in-place

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors

To ensure Reston remains a good place to grow up


and grow old:
Create opportunities for neighbors to communicate and
support each other
Neighbors helping Neighbors (N2N) intended as multigenerational aligned with Restons vision
Connect neighbors via email and dialog
Provide information and guidance
Result: connected communities that also support aging in
place
AND, serve other important safety and security functions
Know ones Neighbor

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Support Possibilities
Examples of support:
Help in weather emergencies
Leaf raking /snow shoveling
Checking on neighbors
Taking in the mail
Changing ceiling light bulbs/hanging art work

Pet care
Help with email
Organized walks for safe exercise

Sharing talents, expertise

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Other Reston Resources


Existing Resources
RCC coordinates a volunteer rides program (volunteers
most welcome) and extensive course offerings
RA sponsors senior trips & events
Useful Services Exchange (U.S.E.) operates a barter
system to fill service gaps (multi-generational)
NextDoor.com is a digital social network (53
neighborhoods in Reston)
Immediate neighbors offer a closer sense of

community, i.e. CLUSTERS, neighborhoods, etc.


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Fairfax County Support


Neighbor Helping Neighbor/Village Program Liaison
Established in early 2008 in Health Department Long
Term Care Program Development Unit
Offers guidance to citizens to explore and develop
neighborhood level support systems
Fairfax 50+ Community Action Plan - 2015
Focus groups and planning resulted in 31 initiatives to
ensure that Fairfax are will be a good place to grow up
and grow old
Neighbor to Neighbor Initiative
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Organizing Structures and Approaches


Membership fee non-profit model
All-Volunteer Model
USE is an all-volunteer model with a time bank approach
Virtual Connection Model
Neighborhood Network Model
Can have all-volunteer structures within this model
R4L began as a Neighborhood Network Model
Opportunities for Reston:
R4L help expand USE membership
R4L assist clusters to develop all-volunteer structures
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Getting Started
Step One

Three to five neighbors needed to help get the ball

rolling.
These leaders will recruit others to:
Develop an understanding of the needs in the
community
Survey/educate neighbors about the concept
Ask respondents to identify service gaps/help
needed; and the tasks and talents they are willing
to share

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Getting Started
Step Two
Tabulate surveys to identify gaps/potential recipients

of services and neighbors willing to help


Share survey results, educate and promote use of N2N
Create email list of neighbors who agree to join N2N
Designate a Connector(s) or N2N Point Person to
email community
Connector role is to communicate the request, putting
those requesting help directly in touch with neighbors
willing to fill the gap

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N2N Demonstration
Bishopsgate - Reston
Neighborhood of single homes operates an
informal N2N network
Lets give this model a try here (examples):
I need help with my new TV remote and the cell phone my kids

got me.
Can anyone take dinner to Ed when he gets out of the hospital?
Id like referrals for a roofer and a house cleaner that neighbors
have used.
My daughter is 14 and looking for babysitting jobs.
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Digital Connections
NextDoor.com https://nextdoor.com/about_us/
Free private social network - 53 neighborhoods in Reston

Registered users are provided a list of neighbors who have

also registered (real names required)


Way to connect and talk with neighbors about concerns,
such as local events, recommended vendors, items for
sale/give-away, crime-watch/alerts
Fairfax County Police Department to utilize NextDoor for

updates and bulletins

NextDoor is venture capital funded and anticipates earning

income like Craigslist


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Useful Services Exchange


Useful Services Exchange (U.S.E.) is a time-trading

barter system begun 41 years ago by Reston resident


Henry Ware (1908-1999)
Based on core values of Edgar Kahns time-banking
model:
We are all assets
Some work is valuable beyond market price
Helping works better as a two-way street
We need each other
Every human being matters
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Useful Services Exchange


Henry Ware identified a need to trade expertise for services

too small for a paid professional


Idea has spread nationally and internationally
U.S.E. continues to thrive in Reston as a way for neighbors
to exchange services without monetary cost
Exception made for services requiring materials, i.e., gasoline,

paint, food, etc.


Repayment in kind, by performing services for other U.S.E.
members
Accounts not kept in dollars, but in hours of USE credit

Digital recordkeeping makes U.S.E. easy to use


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Useful Services Exchange


Expectations of U.S.E.
Professional plumber or electrician volunteers not
expected
Services limited to a few hours duration

Not equivalent to commercially provided service

Atmosphere of exchanges is small friendly environment

Membership: $10 per person or $20 per household


Website http://www.restonuse.org/

Email: RestonUSETimeBank@gmail.com
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Reston Leaders
Karen Brutche, Director RCC 55+ Program & Reston Rides
Ellie Fusaro, Commission on Aging, U.S.E.
Steve Gurney, Early R4L Pioneer
Mary Kornreich, Reston Coordinator, OLLI
Barbara LeRock, Co-chair, RA 55+ Advisory Committee
Bea Shields, Hillcrest Cluster, N2N Coordinator
Ashleigh Soloff, RA Event Supervisor
Martin Taylor, Legislative Assistant, Supervisor Cathy

Hudgins
Cheri Wubbels , Past President of U.S.E.
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Sum Up and N2N Next Steps


Salute to Supervisor Hudgins leadership re aging-in-

place/Reston
Quick history and creation of R4L
Basics of N2N
Fairfax Community Action Plan & N2N
N2N Demonstration & Next Door
U.S.E.
N2N Challenge Starring you, the audience

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N2N Challenge & Next Steps


Todays discussion just a beginning

Commit to going back to your neighborhood/cluster/apartment group


and educate neighbors on N2N
Sign-up sheet

Invite neighbors for coffee & discussion


Share information through newsletters & informally
R4L will provide the tools sample article, speaker at Board meeting or

other gatherings
Report back by February 15 (in one month) & well share the news
Support next step community survey to identify needs and volunteer
help
Dialogue..
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For More Information & Guidance


Sharon F. Canner
Reston for a Lifetime
Sharon.canner8@gmail.com
Lorelei Cheung, President
U.S.E.
loreleik@gmail.com
Patricia J. Rohrer, MSW
Fairfax County Government
patricia.rohrer@fairfaxcounty.gov
703-246-8456
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd/ltccc/villages.htm

Pat Williams, Chair


Fairfax Long Term Care Coordinating Council
pat@gracefulcare.com
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